city: milwaukee

oriental theater

from violent femmes, the pretenders posted in music by corporate_sunshine

In August of 1981, the Violent Femmes were having a tough time booking a show. Their sound didn't exactly match the musical landscape of the era. So they took to the streets, busking for change outside a drug store near the Oriental Theater.

The Pretenders guitarist, James Honeymoon-Scott, saw the group performing and stopped to listen. He got Chrissie Hynde. The opening act for The Pretenders had just canceled, so they asked the Violent Femmes if they would open. And that's how the Femmes got their commercial start.

When Femmes bassist Brian Ritchie went to thank Hynde after their set, she told him, "I didn't do it because I'm a nice guy. I did it because you were good."

source: Permanent Record: The Very Best of the Violent Femmes liner notes, Rhino Records

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cholodecki’s jewelry store

from bridesmaids (2011) posted in movies by donkeyoti

This location is the exterior for the jewelry store where Annie Walker (Kristen Wiig) does a terrible job.

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diederich college of communication

from chris farley posted in television by pete_nice

This entry is featured in the blog post Chris Farley: Life and Locations.

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diederich college of communication

from chris farley posted in television by donkeyoti

Chris Farley graduated from Marquette University with degrees in communications and theater in 1986. Farley's character, Tommy, also graduates from Marquette University at the beginning of the 1995 film Tommy Boy.

The Diederich College of Communication offers a scholarship for a recipient who demonstrates "use of creativity and humor in a positive manner."

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pabst theater

from hilarious, louis c.k. posted in movies by prof_improbable

Louis C.K.'s aptly-named stand-up special Hilarious was filmed at this location in 2010. Louis C.K. did the writing, performing, directing, and editing of this live performance (as he does with his FX TV series Louie). This show was nominated for two Primetime Emmys (Editing for a Special, and Writing for a Special), of which Louis C.K. was the recipient of both nominations.

"You are sitting in a chair in the sky! You are basically a Greek myth!" (on his disbelief that people complain about flying)

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